This exhibition by Yorkshire born artist Kirsty Harris explores the notion of nuclear explosions as cultural, historical and aesthetic objects.
How I Learned to Stop Worrying (1945-2016) is an audio work whose name derives from the 1964 satirical film Dr Strangelove. It presents a musical account of every officially recorded nuclear explosion (including China) using eight instruments to represent each of the countries that partook. In the duration of the piece each second corresponds to a month in history and each new note depicts a specific bomb.
Accompanying the soundscape, Harris’ cyanotypes spill from above, the square inches of silk corresponding to the yield of China’s first atomic text in 1964. On wooden blocks around the space, delicate silverpoint drawings explore these fleeting moments of history with meticulous detail.